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Gregg Jarrett claims Roger Ailes saved him from alcoholism

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After an embarrassing performance on the air, a trip to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic, a relapse and arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and months of work at the Betty Ford Center, Gregg Jarrett has told the story of how he has been able to stay sober and get back to his job as an anchor at Fox News. And he claims that he couldn’t have done it without Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

(Photo courtesy of Fox News)

(Photo courtesy of Fox News)

In an interview with TVNewser reporter Mark Joyella, Jarrett recalled that after he appeared to slur his words during a broadcast in April 2014, he walked into a meeting with Ailes and confessed that he had a serious drinking problem. Ailes, Jarrett said, guaranteed his job and worked with Fox News staff to get him checked into a rehabilitation clinic. Read more

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Fox News diversity program marks 10th year

Fox News Channel’s Ailes Apprentice Program has graduated its 10th class. The diversity initiative, launched by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, provides four people a paid yearlong deep dive into Fox News’ operations. Vice President of Fox News Latino Francisco Cortes was a 21-year-old production assistant when he got the tap in 2003.

“I was thinking I was getting a call from the newsroom director because I did something wrong,” he said. Cortes, who had recently left the U.S. Army, called the program “boot camp for up and coming journalists.” He would learn about various departments and “the ABCs of the business” from company executives he said, and the year culminated in meeting Ailes.

“You’re not just given a certificate, given a pat on the back,” Cortes said. Read more

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Zakaria plagiarized in TV show, critics say

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Zakaria plagiarized in TV show, critics say: Mysterious media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort tell Poynter they will have another post on Our Bad Media later this morning outlining what they say are examples of Fareed Zakaria lifting text, this time for his CNN show, “GPS.” Here’s a video that will accompany the piece.

    @blippoblappo and @crushingbort’s last post, in August, outlined suspect passages in Zakaria’s 2008 book, “The Post-American World” and in stories in Newsweek and Foreign Affairs. Neither W.W. Norton, which published the book, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs nor Atlantic Media, where Zakaria is now a contributing editor, replied to Poynter’s requests for comment.

  2. Foley family describes frustrations with U.S. government: The FBI first told James Foley‘s family they’d be prosecuted if they paid ransom to his captors, then advised them prosecution would be unlikely, Rukmini Callimachi reports.
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Vanity Fair excerpts Zev Chafets’s biography of Roger Ailes:

For months, Roger Ailes and I had been meeting regularly at Fox News headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, at his home in Putnam County, and at public and private gatherings. In that time I got a closer look at Roger Ailes than any journalist who doesn’t work for him ever has. He is plainspoken, wryly profane, caustic, and above all competitive …

[News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch often drops by Ailes’s office to joke and gossip about politics. “Roger and I have a close personal friendship,” he told me. Ailes agrees—up to a point.

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Zev Chafets, Vanity Fair book excerpt

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Woodward scoop: Murdoch and Fox News chief Ailes tried to get Petraeus to run for president

The Washington Post | Fox News
Bob Woodward reports that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes had a Fox analyst visiting Afghanistan deliver a message to Gen. David Petraeus in 2011 — that the general should demand to be appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or else resign and run for president.

From Woodward’s scoop:

The Fox News chairman’s message was delivered to Petraeus by Kathleen T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst and former national security and Pentagon aide in three Republican administrations. She did so at the end of a 90-minute, unfiltered conversation with Petraeus that touched on the general’s future, his relationship with the media and his political aspirations — or lack thereof. The Washington Post has obtained a digital recording from the meeting, which took place in Petraeus’s office in Kabul.

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Roger Ailes tells journalism students: ‘I think you ought to change your major’

The Herald-Sun | News14 | Daily Tar Heel
The Fox News Chairman and CEO spoke to about 350 people, including young journalists, Thursday as part of a special lecture series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He started by telling them to change majors, which, Melody Butts reports, “elicited at least a few eye rolls.” Here’s what else he said: Read more

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Ailes: ‘If someone offers me a job in June ’13, I may just take it’

Associated Press
It was in February 1996 that Roger Ailes began creating an all-news network to challenge CNN and upstart MSNBC. “It was a risky move,” the Fox News chief tells Frazier Moore. “I realized at my age that if I screwed up, or it didn’t work, I’d probably never work again. You just don’t go out when you’re over 55 years of age, have a colossal failure and expect to find work in your field again.” Fifteen years ago this Friday — on Oct. 7, 1996 — Fox News Channel signed on, and little more than five years later, it topped rival CNN in viewership for a full month, reports Moore. Some highlights from his interview with the 71-year-old Ailes:

Why Fox News Channel has won against its rivals for a decade
“The consistency of our product. Read more

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Memo from 1970: ‘A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News’

Gawker.com
John Cook found “a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library” that addresses how to circumvent the “prejudices of network news” and deliver “pro-administration” stories to heartland television viewers. (A Romenesko reader points out that the memo was noted in the 1994 book, “SpinControl.”)

The memo – called, simply enough, “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News” – is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing [Roger] Ailes’ work for both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations that we obtained from the Nixon and Bush presidential libraries. Through his firms REA Productions and Ailes Communications, Inc., Ailes served as paid consultant to both presidents in the 1970s and 1990s, offering detailed and shrewd advice ranging from what ties to wear to how to keep the pressure up on Saddam Hussein in the run-up to the first Gulf War.

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Ailes says it’s ‘fiction’ that he travels with a large security detail

The Daily Beast | Adweek
The Fox News chief also denies Rolling Stone’s report about having blast-resistant office windows. Roger Ailes is asked by Howard Kurtz about Rolling Stone’s charge that he’s “built the most formidable propaganda machine ever seen outside of the Communist bloc.” Ailes does a bit of jujitsu, writes Kurtz, accusing NBC, CBS, ABC, The New York Times, and the rest of running “a liberal propaganda machine … If they did fair and balanced news, we’d be out of business.” || Meanwhile, Michael Wolff claims the Ailes profiles in Rolling Stone and New York fail to capture the essence of the Fox News chairman.

The articles are right in seeing Ailes in a losing position, but only because there is nothing left to win.

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Ailes wants to elect a president, but he can’t find a candidate

New York Magazine
All the 2012 candidates know that Fox News chief Roger Ailes is a crucial constituency. “You can’t run for the Republican nomination without talking to Roger,” a GOPer tells Gabriel Sherman, who is writing a book on Fox News. “Every single candidate has consulted with Roger.” But he hasn’t found any of them compelling. “He finds flaws in every one,” says a person familiar with his thinking. Another adds: “He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.” || More from Sherman’s cover story:

Last week, Ailes turned 71. He’s spending considerable time thinking about his legacy. It bothers him that he’s still regarded as an outsider.

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